Judge not that ye be not judged" St. Matthew 7:1
The Bells of St.Peter rang out loudly and the white smoke poured out of the chimney of The Sistine Chapel.
There were thousands of the faithful along with many thousands of others would wanted to be a part of the history of making of a New Holy Father.
I witnessed this spectular moment in time when the announcement came in latin but I will write it in English,
"We Have a Pope" via the MSNBC Alive.
I waited patiently to find out who the Conclave of Cardinals has elected to be our next Holy Father, for as long as Our Lord wishes him to remain so.
Cardinal Medina called out "Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and he is taking the name of Benedict the XVI."
People clapped, people cried, and some were upset by the choice that the Conclave of Cardinals with the help of Our Lord and his Holy Spirit had elected and appointed to be Our New Holy Father.
I had my own two choices and of course I bet many others had also made their choices between one or two of the Cardinal in running the position.
I, personally would have wanted the Cardinal of Beligum to be come the next Holy Father, because he is liberal, opened minded, and broad minded.
I would have preferred the other German Cardinal as well. He was a moderate and flexible. However, when it all comes down to it. It is Our Lord and His Holy Spirit that guides and directs the Conclave of Cardinals to chose who they chose.
Naturally, some people were delighted that Cardinal Ratzinger was chosen. Some people see it another light.
What people don't understand is being a Christian-Catholic does not always mean being popular?
Christianity made just make us unpopular because we are to beacons of light that is to be carried into a world of darkness and moral decay.
Christianity may make us unpopular because when we accept Christ into our lives. From the minute we become Christ's and we are called out of this world althou we live in this world.
Some members of the Catholic Faith don't like Cardinal Ratzinger now His Holiness Pope Benedict the XVI. This is because he will not bend when it comes to biblical princples laid out in the Bible.
It may very well be that many American Catholics may be or may not be Cafeteria Catholics. Whereas we pick and chose those doctrines which we will adhere too.
I, openly state that some of the Churches doctrines are not based on scripture but rather of traditions of the Church. I, further state that if the doctrines don't have any biblical merit they should not even be a part of the Church.
This does not make me a bad Christian Catholic just because I disagree with certain teaching of the Church. How many more good Christian Catholics believe the same thing.
When it comes to moral teaching of The church and their stand in homosexuality, same sex marriages or reunions, abortion, (especially in demand),birth control, ordaination of women, and married men becoming priests. Some of these have Biblical merit and some do not.
I would like to see The Church often more Little Rock Scripture Studies and go more in depth to help the faithful understand where the Church got her doctrines from.
Any good Christian who studies the Bible can plainly see where The Church stands in the ordaination of women.
This can be read at I Timothy 3:1-13.
I can see where the Church gets its Church Doctrine on Abortion and Homosexual stand.
The Sixth Commandment of The Ten states "Thou Shall Not Kill". Furthermore, Leviticus 20:13 states
If a man lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them".
The Apostle Paul in his Letter to the Romans states in Romans 1:24-32, about Homosexuality and other sins of the flesh.
This goes for women who profess to be lesbians as well.
The Church in fact all Churches advocate adoption. However, no where in the Bible does it advocate Adoption.
Spiritual adoption is not the same as adoption of a child not of one's body.
All churhes should stop promoting adoption as a good thing. When it is not.
All Churches need to emphasize that members must marry within their own faith communities and doing in this there may very well be a slowing down of the escalating divorce rating in the United States.
Christian-Catholics that marry outside of Our faith may very well be opening themselves up for divorce later on. This is because Christian-Catholics and Christian Protestants do not agree on everything.
The Church should provide Pre-Cana Wedding preparation for more than six months for engaged couples. The Church should provide marriage retreats for married couples. This way it keeps the marriage strong and loving. It helps couples resolve problems, prevents infidelity later on down the street.
The Church needs to provide a caring, loving atmosphere for those Christian Catholics that divorce due all reasons especially when a spouse commmits adultery on another spouse.
Our new Holy Father, Benedict XVI has a lot to confront and work through and resolve coming into the position he accepted.
We must not judge him because when he was young he was forced to join the National Socialist Youth Movement which was mandatory at the time. We must realize that not are Germans were Nazi's at the time that Hitler took over.
This is being overly judgemental.
It is true that Our new Holy Father is an older gentleman and he may or may not be here for a definite period of time,however, as long as he is we owe him the same love and respect we gave Our Late Holy Father, John Paul II.
I am pretty sure His Holiness, Benedict XVI realizes that being a Christian-Catholic and a conservative one is not always popular with the faithful.
However, I reamin faithful to our new Holy Father and I realize that we must all give him time.
Our Lord gave us a new commandment "That we love one another as he loves us".